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Microsoft's PC partners are rallying for an ad blitz against Apple

The advertising campaign, which will involve TV commercials, print ads, and online ads, will ask a simple question: "PC Does What?"<p>It sounds a lot like the PC industry's belated answer to Apple's famous "Get a Mac" ads than ran from 2006 to 2009. In those ads, John Hodgman and Justin Long played a …

Advertising

McDonald's Rebrands Its Fancy Burgers; Whole Foods CEO Comments on Layoffs

— What once was TasteCrafted is now Chef Crafted. McDonald's is rebranding its high-end burger options and replacing a couple of flavors as a response to customer reception. Maple bacon dijon and buffalo bacon replace hot jalapeno and deluxe. "The original name ‘TasteCrafted' did not resonate with …

Facebook introduces profile videos in mobile update

<b>Facebook has announced a profile video feature as part of a set of new, mobile-friendly updates.</b><p>It means you'll be able to film a short, looping video - essentially a GIF - that will play for anyone who goes on your profile.<p>The feature is only being tested in the UK at the moment, so it could be a …

Social Media

Updated Google Photos for Android app now available w/ Chromecast support, more

Google announced a couple of days ago that a new version of the Google Photos Android app was on the way, Chromecast support, people labelling and album collaboration – features first spotted a week ago. Google has advised that this update is now available …<p>We’re excited to announce the latest …

Nasa Mars announcement: water found flowing on Red Planet could sustain life

Scientists have found evidence of briny water flowing on Mars during summertime on the Red Planet<p>Water exists in liquid form on the surface of Mars, Nasa scientists have said, making it possible for life to be sustained on the Red Planet.<p>Nasa hailed the “strongest evidence yet” of intermittent …

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Sales Top Thirteen Million in Launch Weekend

Apple today announced that opening weekend sales for the brand-new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have exceeded thirteen million units, breaking the previous record of ten million units sold by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year.<p>“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, …

Tim Cook

Samsung Pay app receives screen-off fingerprint activation

Samsung Pay is currently in beta testing in the US. As such, Samsung is updating its mobile payment app with new features and tweaks to improve the user experience ahead of the full roll out. A new version of the Samsung Pay app (version 1.3.1716) has arrived, offering a number of improvements to …

LG teases phone with hard-to-spot secondary screen

LG seems to have found a way to expand smartphone screen real estate by adding a small, additional screen on top of the regular one.<p>The company sort …

REPORT: One of BMW's cars doesn't pass European emissions tests

Carmakers around the world have seen their share prices plunge as investors worry whether the scandal, revealed by US regulators on Friday, spreads beyond VW, and beyond the United States.<p>Now one German media report has given us the first suggestion that it does, on both counts.<p>The BMW X3 Xdrive …

First seed withdrawal from 'doomsday' vault prompted by Syrian civil war

Scientists are preparing to make the first ever withdrawal from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a seed bank built in an abandoned Arctic coal mine that's designed to preserve crops and plants in the event of global disaster. The civil war in Syria has prompted the withdrawal, with researchers in …

Is Space Mining Legal?

A controversial bill would give companies the right to own natural resources in space, and it may pass in the Senate by the end of September<p>If mankind is ever to become an interplanetary species, our outward expansion across the solar system probably can’t be fueled by NASA funding alone. Why did …

Architizer

Pebble introduces its first round smartwatch

The Time Round is all metal, making it more similar to the Pebble Time Steel than the less-costly plastic Time. It has a 38.5mm face, though the round display does not fill it. Instead, a large bezel surrounds the screen, which makes the effective display size much smaller. Though multiple-day …

The ultimate cold and flu survival guide

Each year, the typical adult can expect to contract two or three colds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Skip the annual flu vaccine and you set yourself up for a bout of that as well. But it doesn't have to be this way! Aside from good hand washing (with soap, for at …

Common Cold

The Italian Beauty Rules According to Film: From Carla Bruni to Sophia Loren

Fashion month finds us jetting to Milan today, home to some of the world’s most feminine, beautiful, and provocative women. If mirroring these Italians is your aim, we suggest queuing up a variety of films featuring a few exemplary bella donnas, as regional beauty rules are regularly demonstrated …

The new iPhone is as fast as a MacBook

Reviews are emerging for Apple’s new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which go on sale Sept. 25 in 11 countries. One common thread: The new phones are <i>fast</i>. In fact, they’re apparently as fast—or faster—than Apple’s newly designed MacBook laptop, which launched earlier this year.<p>Several testers have been …

iPhone

The Fujin Mark II Vacuum Lens Sucks Even More, and That’s a Good Thing

Remember that strange vacuum cleaner lens we featured last year? A new version has been unveiled, and this one sucks even more than the original.<p>The …

Hand Poke Tattoos Are Gorgeous, Less-Painful Designs and They're Blowing Up

The back-to-basics tattooing technique may be controversial, but this pro says it's safe and less painful than machine inking.<p>So-called "stick 'n' poke" tattooing, the non-electric method that's done freestyle with needle and ink, is having a major moment, which is ironic given that it's an ancient …

Portraits of Celebrities in the Iconic Styles of Famous Photographers

Photographer Lucian Hunziker wants to give you a whirlwind tour of the history of portrait photography. For his new photo project and book titled</i> …

UFC Star Tank Abbott: I'll Beat Ronda Rousey and She'll 'Make Me a Sandwich'

How dumb is Tank Abbott? This dumb.<p>Ronda Rousey has kicked off a firestorm of arguments since saying she could wreck Floyd Mayweather—anybody, for that matter—in a lawless fight. The latest to very publicly weigh in on the matter is former UFC fighter Tank Abbott, one of the original megastars of …

5 Common File Types in Photography and When You Should Use Each One

You’ve spent the last few hours working on the perfect photo shoot and everything went better than you could have possibly imagined. After importing …

6 wearable devices that can help you stay healthy

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Modern technology has brought us many things that make our lives easier. Some of them, like meal delivery at the click of a button and streaming movies over the internet, have contributed to making people lazier, more sedentary and less fit. Luckily, there are lots of cool gadgets …

Making College More Affordable, One Text At A Time

What's the tiniest change you can think of to create the biggest improvement in someone's well-being?<p>That's the question at the heart of the first annual report by the new Social and Behavioral Sciences Team inside the White House.<p>This group of scientists has found that simple, small tweaks to …

T-Mobile reports iPhone preorders up over 30% from last year as Apple warns of delays in NY

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has tweeted that iPhone 6s preorders are more than 30% higher than those of the iPhone 6 last year. While there have been a number of clues that the iPhone 6s launch was going to be big, this is the first sign of any hard data.<p>Apple said a week ago that it was ‘on pace’ to …

Mobile Technology

Pebble Debuts Its First Round Smartwatch With The Pebble Time Round

Pebble, the company that arguably sparked the whole smartwatch trend with a $10M Kickstarter back in 2012, is shifting things up today. After years of sticking with square-faced displays, the company is today introducing its first round-faced smartwatch.<p>It’s called, aptly, the Pebble Time …

Batteries

Volkswagen’s emissions scandal is pulling down platinum prices

Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal isn’t just hurting the automaker’s finances.<p>Platinum prices saw their biggest price drop since June 2013, when precious metals fell victim to the “taper tantrum” unleashed by former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.<p>The current slide is being driven by the …

Diesel Emissions

Huawei's big Nexus phone will come in four predictable colors

It's looking like Google and its latest Nexus smartphone partners won't have many surprises left to announce at the company's event next week. In recent days, we've seen yet more images of the Nexus 5X from LG and Nexus 6P from Huawei — even pictures of the packaging for both devices. Today, <i>Android</i> …

Mobile Technology